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Birthday Weekend in NYC, 2014

Related Posts: Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Days 1-2 and Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Days 3-5.

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OCTOBER 17th THROUGH 19th!

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Since my dad had some free hotel nights, my parents, sister, and I visited New York to celebrate my mom’s birthday and mine!

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Havana Central: We were all starving by the time we got to Havana Central, so the food tasted especially good. I’ve been to this restaurant once before and it has such a great ambiance — now it feels like being on the set of Boardwalk Empire season 5! Plus, since it was an off time, it wasn’t as noisy as it can be.

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Some sights from Bryant Park:

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch: This was my official birthday present! I’ve loved Hedwig ever since I saw the movie in 2001. We were only a few rows back, dead center, just far enough away to avoid being spit on. Michael C. Hall was absolutely incredible in the role and Lena Hall was perfect as Yitzhak. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

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“New York, New York, a helluva town!”

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The Morgan Library:

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Fig and Olive:

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MoMA:

These were two truly inspiring exhibits! If you have a chance to visit NYC before March, I would seriously encourage you to go. :D

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Blue Fin: One of my family’s favorite NYC restaurants — we always seem to go here on family trips. They have the most amazing sushi!

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Another amazing Broadway show. I read the book when it first came out, and they did a fabulous job translating the book to stage. :)

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Celebrating 300 Posts!

Related Posts: Celebrating 100 Posts! and Celebrating 200 Posts!

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I can’t believe I’ve publishing over 300 posts on WordPress! I started WordPressing March 2012 and have had an amazing experience sharing my work and interacting with people all over the world. Thank you so much!!! :)

Want to revisit all 300 some previous posts? Want to see what posts are coming up? Please check out my contents page!

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Cross-Country Adventure Hiatus!

Related Post: Cannes/London Trip Hiatus! and Cannes/London 2013: Compilation.

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This is incredibly out of the blue, but I’m moving back to the East Coast!

Long story short, I’m helping my parents move from San Francisco back to Maryland, so I’m going too. Although it’s a bit bittersweet, I’m happy about this move since D.C. seems a bit more active in film compared to San Francisco. AND I’ll be much closer to NYC, which has a ton of film and filmmakers. Eventually, once I have saved up some money, I’m actually thinking of moving to Brooklyn. But, for the meantime, D.C. it is! :D

With that being said, I’m still 100% committed to filming Death Is No Bad Friend in San Francisco and Northern California. So when we get funded, I’ll just fly back and stay with relatives!!

We will be traveling from Friday, November 1st through Thursday, November 12th, stopping in Kansas City, Missouri for a few days to visit my bubbie. Here’s our schedule…

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Laughlin, Nevada
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  6. Kansas City, Missouri
  7. Effingham, Illinois
  8. Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  9. Washington, D.C./Gaithersburg, Maryland

I’m guessing I’ll have pretty sporadic internet connection along the way, so I probably won’t have time to post anything here. But I might have a tweet or two. I’ll try to take some photos along the way and share them will all of you!

See you mid-November,

G. E.

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Coming Soon: Death Is No Bad Friend Indiegogo Campaign

★★★ PLEASE REBLOG & SPREAD THE WORD!!! ★★★

WE, SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS, ARE HOPING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SHORT FILM DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND ABOUT ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (TREASURE ISLAND, STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE) IN SAN FRANCISCO.

THE SCREENPLAY HAS RECEIVED AMPLE PRAISE AND THERE IS A WONDERFUL CAST & CREW ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT ALREADY. 

WE ARE PLANNING ON LAUNCHING OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WITHIN THE COMING WEEKS.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, TUMBLR, PINTEREST, ETC.!

SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on WordPress:

sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com

SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on Facebook:

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DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND on Facebook:

facebook.com/pages/Death-Is-No-Bad-Friend/164927033704154

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Kyle Duke Adamiec as Robert Louis Stevenson in our upcoming Indiegogo trailer for Death Is No Bad Friend.
Photograph by G. E. Gallas

Siren’s Gaze Productions (sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com) was born at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as a collaboration between three young, unique, and ambitious female filmmakers — director Mary Lachapelle, cinematographer Jacqueline Lehr, and screenwriter/producer G. E. Gallas. Each of us has an undying passion for our expertise. Yet our individual personalities fit together to form an intuitive and vibrant production team.

 
Death Is No Bad Friend is a short film based on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeTreasure Island). Robert Louis attempts to escape his guilty conscience through honeymooning on Mount Saint Helena. But his illness catches up, forcing him to face his demons.

 
This film is Siren’s Gaze Productions’ first project. We believe that Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson’s story is historically and culturally significant, and therefore should be celebrated through the medium of cinema. Our greatest goal is to create an outstanding film to submit to festivals around the world (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, etc.) and to launch the careers of all cast and crew involved.

 
We are all 100% committed to this project. We are prepared to make this film on a shoestring budget, donating our time and skills. But every penny counts! We are hoping to raise between $10,000 and $25,000 to allow us to bring Death Is No Bad Friend to life.

 
We need YOU to support our production expenses and to spread the word. Through funding and promoting Death Is No Bad Friend, you will help us bring the unfamiliar and extraordinary life of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson into the public eye. Moreover, you will be helping a group of young creatives take their first big step in achieving their lifelong dreams of becoming professional filmmakers!

 

Screenplay:

  • 2nd round qualifier in the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition 2012, judged by Sir Kenneth Branagh.
  •  Quater finalist in the 2013 CWA (Creative World Awards).
  • Death Is No Bad Friend is a poetic script that relies on imagery to evoke a morose feeling. The language is very well-crafted, with the characters’ style of speech accurate for the time period. Because the descriptions are succinct but also written in a similar style, the script reads easily and quickly while creating clear images of the locations.” –Feedback from the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
  • Genre: Drama, Historical, Biographical.

Cast & Crew:

Goals:

Your contributions will help us achieve the following goals…

  • To successfully develop Death Is No Bad Friend through pre-production, filming, and post-production.
  • To celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create a high production value, historically accurate, collaborative film.
  • To film in and around the San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California.
  • To submit the finished film to a number of festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival.
  • To create an opportunity to expand Death Is No Bad Friend into a full-length script/feature film to further celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create further opportunities for Siren’s Gaze Productions to create films and further the careers of all cast and crew involved.

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

KEEP YOUR PEEPERS ON THIS PAGE FOR THE LAUNCH OF OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Celebrating 200 Posts!

Related Post: Celebrating 100 Posts!

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It’s difficult to believe, but I’ve published just over 200 posts on WordPress! I started WordPressing March 2012 and have had a wonderful time sharing my thoughts and work with the world. The best part of this experience has been interacting with all the amazingly creative, talented, interesting, warmhearted, and generous individuals who have connected with me through their comments. Thank you so much!!! :)

In the coming weeks, I will be working hard on raising funds through Indiegogo for my short film Death Is No Bad Friend. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with such amazing filmmakers (Siren’s Gaze Productions) on this project. And I hope that everyone here will help support us!

Best regards,

G. E.

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Attack on Titan: Analogy to World War II

Okay, I just had to get this off my chest…

The Japanese manga and anime series Attack on Titan made absolutely zero sense to me until I realized it is an unmistakable analogy to World War II.

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All over the internet, I kept seeing disturbing images of a giant human with no skin. I’m not particularly squeamish about violence in the media — most horror movies drive me into a fit of hysterical laughter. Plus, I’m generally fascinated by the macabre.  But certain things just get to me. Like the part in the brilliant Pan’s Labyrinth when Captain Vidal’s face is mutilated and he sews it back together (though I adore the Pale Man). Or in Boardwalk Empire (one of my favorite shows) when Richard Harrow (one of my favorite characters) scalps another character without hesitation.  And this giant skinless human is no different — sending shivers down my spine!

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Image from Attack on Titan
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

I soon discovered that this giant skinless human is from a series called Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyoujin). When I first became interested in Japan around middle school, I used to watch a lot of anime. But I tend towards live-action series or movies nowadays (a wonderful tool for practicing my language skills). I do find the occasional anime series like the amazing Gankutsuou (巌窟王): The Count of Monte Cristo (which is actually the most faithful adaptation of Dumas’s masterwork) and the gripping Monster (モンスター) (scheduled to be adapted into live-action for HBO by Guillermo del Toro). In other words, I’m usually extremely picky about my anime. But, after being utterly confused by the Attack on Titan Wikipedia summary, I decided to give the series a try out of pure morbid curiosity.

So, I’ve been working my way through the episodes on Hulu. It might be a bit melodramatic at times and the so-called “Vertical Maneuvering Equipment” that allows the characters to leap around is pretty implausible. But it has a relatively well-constructed plot line and decent character development. The main characters Eren and Mikasa have particularly tragic yet compelling backstories. But I couldn’t help a strange feeling of déjà vu

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A page from Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

And then it hit me! I realized that certain elements of Attack on Titan bear a striking resemblance to the renowned manga Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン, Hadashi no Gen), about the bombing of Hiroshima and its survivors.

For instance: In Attack on Titan, Eren and Mikasa attempt to free Eren’s mother from underneath their collapsed house. But Eren’s mother begs them to save themselves. Eren and Mikasa, with the help of a city guard names Hannes, flee from danger as Eren’s mother is killed and eaten by a titan. This directly parallels Barefoot Gen. After the atom bomb drops on Hiroshima, Gen and his mother Kimie discover Gen’s father Daikichi and Gen’s siblings trapped underneath their collapsed house. Gen and Kimie attempt to free the rest of the family before they are consumed by the fire that has broken out all across the city. But Daikichi begs them to save themselves. Gen and Kimie are forced to flee from danger.

This parallel leads me to believe that the humanoid titans may have been inspired by the victims of the atom bombs. In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many victim’s skin melted off or hung from their bodies in tatters. These victims must have been in excruciating pain and are depicted moving very slowly and blindly, almost like zombies. Although the titans are not meant to be sympathized with (at least not yet) as one would sympathize with the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, their movements are very similar. In this context, the one skinless titan makes so much more sense to me. I really won’t be surprised if the series reveals that the titans are resulted from a human scientific experiment gone wrong and that we are indeed meant to sympathize with them.

Attack on Titan‘s analogy to World War II does not stop with the atom bombs. The series often explores themes related to militarism, group mentality, and self-sacrfice — topics often associated with Japan during World War II as well as World War II across the board.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps I’ll post more correlations between Attack on Titan and Barefoot Gen as I continue watching!

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